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  • Nagad, the world’s fastest-growing MFS

    It took only about two years to translate an idea into a business and make Nagad the fastest-growing mobile financial service in the world, thanks to the adoption of state-of-the-art technologies and a disruptive approach, which also sped up the overall financial inclusion in Bangladesh.

  • Launching Ceremony of “Probashi” App

    The launching ceremony of the “Probashi” app was held on March 30, 2021 from 3:00pm to 5:00pm at the ball room of Hotel Pan Pacific Sonargaon. The chief guest of the event was the State Minister for Ministry of Foreign Affairs Md. Shahriar Alam, MP. The special guests were Kabir Bin Anwar, Senior Secretary, Ministry of Water Resources, Dr. Ahmed Munirus Saleheen, Secretary, Ministry of Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment, Hosne Ara Begum ndc, Managing Director (Secretary), Bangladesh Hi-Tech Park Authority, Tina F Jabeen, CPA, Managing Director & CEO, Startup Bangladesh Ltd, ICT Division, and Asif Ibrahim, Chairman, Chittagong Stock Exchange Ltd.

  • Start Fund Bangladesh: Locally Driven Humanitarian Action

    Start Fund Bangladesh (SFB) is a £10m rapid emergency response fund that was created in 2017 with support from UK Aid. Modelled on the Start Network’s successful Start Fund, which activates funding within 72 hours of a crisis alert, it fills a crucial gap in humanitarian funding. It is accessible to local, national, and international member non-governmental organisations (NGOs) operating in Bangladesh to respond early to under the radar emergencies.

  • Rokkhi: A Smart Solution for Managing Residential Buildings

    Rokkhi Limited is one of the few companies in Bangladesh that work both as a building management companion and a security solution. The aim is to come out of the conventional building management system and create a new building assistant that shall work as an all-around solution for buildings. Rokkhi has the vision to be the service and security operator of every building. Everything a building or flat owner does to manage their building and building security Rokkhi wants to upgrade the system in an easy way so that the daily hassles can be managed by a single platform.

  • Bangladesh-based renewable energy start-up SOLshare closes $1.46m financing round

    Bangladesh-based renewable energy start-up SOLshare has been awarded a $120,000 cash prize along with a $364,000 fund for investment by EIT InnoEnergy, the world’s largest sustainable energy engine, to support expansion of SOLshare’s pioneering peer-to-peer solar trading platform.

  • Accelerate Bangladesh, country’s first virtual health-tech accelerator, launched

    Accelerate Bangladesh, an investment readiness programme by BetterStories Limited and Bangladesh Angels Network in collaboration with Bridge for Billions and Biniyog Briddhi, has been launched via a virtual webinar.

  • 24pc of female online entrepreneurs shut businesses in June: study

    Though the online sales of health products and daily essentials were booming due to Covid-19, the ongoing pandemic has taken a heavy toll on online retailers of fashion, cosmetics, and other imported products, says a recent study.

  • Startup Talk Chattogram holds event for young entrepreneurs, students

    A programme focusing on startups is held in Chittagong for young entrepreneurs and students under the banner of Startup Talk Chattogram.

  • Women entrepreneurship in Bangladesh

    Women entrepreneurs face less social barriers now: BIDS

    Social barriers and a lack of access to finance, the two big obstacles for women to become entrepreneurs, have eased somewhat in the last 8-9 years, a recent study found.

  • Bicycle-rental startup JoBike plans big

    Bicycle-rental service JoBike, which would allow riders to rent a bike from one's smartphone, is set to roll out operations within the next three months at public universities with a view to providing economical and environment-friendly mode of transport for students.

  • App launched for better labour management

    The government yesterday launched a mobile application to ensure quality labour management in the industrial sector.

  • Praava Health Announces Partnership with Narayana Health

    Praava Health announces a partnership with Narayana Health Hospitals, a leading/award-winning network of hospitals in India, to expand access to consultation and diagnostics. Through this partnership, patients visiting Praava will have the option to consult with over 30 specialists at Narayana, including cardiologists and cardiac surgeons, oncologists, neurologists and neurosurgeons, orthopedic surgeons, nephrologists and urologists, and gastroenterologists.

  • Mobile app of Youth Opportunities launched

    The mobile application of Youth Opportunities, a Bangladesh-based international youth startup that has presence in more than 200 countries, is officially launched.

  • Book on youth entrepreneurship launched

    A book on entrepreneurship and startup ecosystem development, which focuses on the Bangladeshi prospective youth entrepreneurs, is unveiled.

  • Digital expo starts today

    The country's largest digital exposition is set to kick off today in Dhaka to showcase technology-based innovations and achievements

  • Young entrepreneurs demand low-cost loans

    Young entrepreneurs yesterday demanded collateral-free loans at a single-digit interest rate so that they can run their businesses

  • Internet: a tool for growth of small businesses

    Unlike a real-world office, a business website is up and accessible to customers 24 hours a day. Customers will always get to know about the products and services on offer, freeing them from the compulsion of office hours. Businesses can even have a 24-hour product sales mechanism online.

  • Start-up to fight hunger wins top prize

    A start-up that redistributes leftover food from functions, restaurants and the rich to slum dwellers and the hungry won the inaugural

  • Software Technology Park opens for IT start-ups

    A Software Technology Park is inaugurated that will prioritise start-up businesses in the information technology (IT) sector of Bangladesh.

  • Six more social businesses approved for investment

    Six new business projects got a go-ahead to receive investment at the 116th Social Business Design Lab yesterday.

  • Small industries should get more incentives: economist

    The small and medium industries that serve the domestic market should get more incentives in the seventh five-year plan to meet the

  • Six more social businesses get green light

    Six new social business plans of young entrepreneurs coming from Grameen Bank borrower families yesterday won approval from Yunus

  • SME trade fair begins in Dhaka

    A three-day SME fair displaying products made by participants of a training programme kicked off in Dhaka yesterday.

  • Six social businesses get go-ahead

    The 86th Social Business Design Lab took place yesterday where six young entrepreneurs presented their project plans and got approval.

  • Dhaka Restaurant Week kicks off at month end

    Dhakafoodies, a popular food review and restaurant search portal based in Dhaka, will launch Dhaka Restaurant Week at the end of this month.

  • Six social business projects get go-ahead

    Six new projects by young entrepreneurs were approved at the 71st Social Business Design Lab in the capital yesterday.

  • United Power set to make trading debut

    United Power Generation and Distribution Company is set to make its share trading debut on the Dhaka and Chittagong stock